Have you ever had that gut-wrenching feeling that something just isn’t right? Have you ever acted on it?
One gas station attendant followed that instinct when a frightened woman and a suspicious looking man walked into his convenience store on Wednesday night.
Gas station clerk Manveer Komer sensed something was wrong when the woman and man walked straight to the ATM. The woman, clearly distressed, was unable to withdraw money from the machine, so they walked to the register where the man used her credit card to purchase cigarettes.
Just as they were leaving, the woman stopped at the door and hesitated. Outside, the man appeared to be persuading her to follow him as seen in the security camera in the store.
“You come behind my back. I help you. No problem.”
Komer was keeping an eye on them and could tell something was off. And he wasn’t going to wait for anything to confirm that—he had to act fast.
Komer approached the woman and literally put himself between her and the man outside, now facing him squarely. He wasn’t going to let the terrified woman go anywhere with him.
“You come behind my back. I help you. No problem,” he said to her as he confronted the suspect who began to back up. The man then put his hand in his jacket as if to reach for a weapon before taking off in the woman’s car.
The suspect fled, but the police were able to catch him soon after. They found out he had kidnapped the woman earlier, claiming to be armed, and forced her to withdraw money from ATMs all over town before going to Komer’s convenience store.
This story could have ended much differently had Komer ignored his gut feeling that told him something was wrong.
Luckily, he trusted his instincts and acted on them. Now there is one more person in the world who is safe, unharmed, and free. It’s ordinary people like Komer who courageously follow their hearts and do the right thing that make the world a better place.